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State employees volunteer for holiday

Among the various state employees volunteering during the Thanksgiving holiday will be Joe Hamm, the Department of Labor’s Finger Lakes Regional representative, who will sort, box and load canned food into trucks for delivery to Foodlink in Rochester to help the less privileged.

The initiative, which began last year, involves senior staff members from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration volunteering throughout the state. This year, many volunteer activities in the downstate region will help people affected by Hurricane Sandy.

“This Thanksgiving should be a time of giving back to those in need, especially to the many New Yorkers who are still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy,” Cuomo said. “Many people have already shown incredible compassion and generosity over the past several weeks, from volunteering to help communities rebuild, to donating to recovery efforts, and we need that work to continue. We encourage all those who can to join us this holiday season in giving back to help our fellow New Yorkers.”

Juanita Williams, Department of Labor’s Central New York regional representative, will help prepare apple pies to be delivered to the homebound and elderly at the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church Apple Pie Bake Off in Syracuse; and Thomas Pericak, division director of the Thruway Authority, Buffalo Division, will prepare and serve lunch at St. Vincent DePaul Society in the city of Buffalo.